Our 2nd XV will play British Airways, Wednesday 19th November KO 7:15pm
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Porthcawl recovered from the disappointing defeat to Nantyffyllon by handing out a sound lesson in running Rugby to bottom club Ponthrydyfen.
The Seaweeds pack was back to near full strength and started like at a whirlwind pace, setting out their stall with a series of forceful surges from the outset.
With just three minutes gone, a great platform allowed outside half Jordan Skidmore to carve like a hot knife through butter the home defence at full tilt, to cross at the posts for a try that he also converted and nil-7.
With the front row of Rob Howe, Jack Williams and Tim Lunn proving a hard-working unit in tight and loose, Porthcawl’s pack turned the screw for scrum-half Connor Rees to scoot blind, riding the tackle to feed centre Jacob Thomas who hammered through two defenders to cross at the corner for an unconverted try for 0-12.
Home outside half Adam Lester, strong and a real handful, managed to claw back his side back into it as firstly he slotted a decent penalty with the strong behind him, before carving through to bully his way over for an unconverted try following very loose Seaweeds defence and at 8-12, the score hardly reflected Porthcawl’s superiority
at that point.
This was billed as being possibly the match of the day and it didn’t fail to live up to that billing, with the valley outfit coming good at the death to take the spoils.
Indeed Nantymoel started far the better, bringing pressure to bear almost from kick-off and when J Witts popped over an early penalty for 0-3, Porthcawl knew that it would take all they could muster to get a result. A great steal by Dai James at a breakdown saw Jordan Skidmore to scythe into the visitors 22 to test the defence, which held firm. Skidmore it was again moments later as his mesmerising 50 metre break was halted only with a last-ditch tackle when the posts beckoned.
Nanty are a quality side and their quick thinking brought rewards at a tap penalty as No 8 A Faulkner snapped up the try wide out, which Witts improved with a super kick for 0-10.
One thing the Seaweeds have shown so far this term is a determination to get back on terms when trailing and when flanker Tom Lodwig, who was excellent throughout, drove into the heart of the Nanty defence, scrum half Connor Rees, deftly got the ball away to Mattie Davies and Gareth Richards sent wing Gareth Rees haring over for a fine try, goaled by Jon Phillips and at 7-10 it was game on again.
Local derby matches can throw up any number of scenarios and this one turned out to be an overall mediocre match, error strewn and yet with an exciting ending.
The Seaweeds started much the better as skipper Lloyd Long led the way, his forwards ploughing wave after wave into the heart of the Cefn defence from the off and it seemed an early score was on the cards but Jordan Skidmore scuffed his early penalty shot.
Porthcawl lock Richard Hnyda was yellow carded for an alleged body check and his ten minutes in the bin threatened to hand the momentum to the home side, however despite centre Rob Curl’s slick prompting, Cefn couldn’t take advantage, and Cefn full-back Adam Lloyd’s penalty chance falling short.
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